Murkowski 'leaning toward' support of 9/11 bill

Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010

JUNEAU — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she is “leaning toward” supporting legislation to aid responders to the 2001 terror attacks.

The measure would provide up to $6.2 billion in benefits to tens of thousands of responders nationwide who fell ill after being exposed to toxins at the World Trade Center site after the attacks. Alaska’s junior senator, Democrat Mark Begich, is a bill cosponsor. He and Murkowski say this isn’t just a New York issue.

Murkowski says that when responders are called to duty, and injured, “there’s an obligation that we owe them.”

Supporters believe there’s support for the measure to pass a test vote as early as Wednesday. But there are questions about whether a final vote can be held before the lame duck session ends.

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